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Casino's stooges

  • 10/28/2009:B9: River Rock Casino, owned by the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, in Alexander Valley offers 1,600 slot machines. The proposed casino and hotel in Rohnert Park would house 2,000 slot machines.

    5/18/2008:A1: POPULAR -AND GROWING: River Rock Casino is visited by 2,000 to 3,000 people a day, and stands to add thousands more when its permanent casino and resort hotel is built. The expansion, starting with construction of a new access road and bridge, is expected to begin soon.

    12/28/2003: D1: May 4, 2003: Gamblers play 1,600 slot machines at River Rock Casino in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County's first tribal gaming hall. Earnings to the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians could rise when a parking garage is completed next year. The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria want to open a casino in Rohnert Park and the Cloverdale Pomo plan a casino-resort in Cloverdale.

    PC: The Red Rock Casino in Geyserville features 1,600 slot machines including a second smoke-free room.

    10/9/2003: D1: no caption

    5/4/2003: A1: The River Rock Casino in Geyserville features 1,600 slot machines. The Dry Creek Pomos say the casino pumps an estimated $36 million a year into the local economy.



EDITOR: I was watching "The Three Stooges" when I picked up Saturday's paper with the headline: "Brown OKs casino." I don't know how you feel about a casino wedged in between KRCB's radio studio, the California Highway Patrol, Home Depot and Scandia's miniature golf, but building a 500,000-square-foot casino there seems nutty to me. Then it hit me. Larry: Gov. Jerry Brown; Moe: Supervisor David Rabbitt ("It's really about making sure that we're not going to be out of pocket a dime"); Curly: Sonoma State professor Lynn Cominsky ("Sonoma County will benefit from the jobs . . .").

OK, maybe I watched too many "Three Stooges" episodes. Maybe Station Casinos won't do what it's done in the Las Vegas area (18 casinos now, but bankruptcy in 2009). Supporters might be right. A casino will bring folks from all over the Bay Area, especially on weekends and holidays, to play the slots or have a great time losing their hard-earned money playing keno or blackjack. Highway 101 isn't a piece of cake on any Friday; it sure wasn't the last time I was unlucky enough to be on it. Maybe it won't bring in criminals and low-lifes. Could be the Better Business Bureau will give it a gold star for civic excellence. Somehow, however, I doubt it.

FRANK BAUMGARDNER

Santa Rosa


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